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The Anatomy of Harpo Marx by Wayne Koestenbaum.. Probably the most mysterioso and fascinating of the Marx brothers, his comic stuntology is here unpacked by a master essayist (and a fan) making this a true treatise in Harpology.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Koestenbaum provides an informed, original, and near-obsessive assessment of all things Harpo."

Publishers Weekly

"Behind that face and in Harpo's body, Wayne Koestenbaum finds more material than existed in New York's fabled garment district. Koestenbaum's work is compelling and surprising; his detailed explorations, gifts to readers wondering about what lies beneath our culture's surfaces. Read Wayne Koestenbaum for his exuberant embrace of the unrecognized or ignored; for his pleasure in explaining the inexplicable, and for his delight in deciphering Elizabeth Taylor's cleavage. Read him now for unveiling the most enigmatic of presences, Harpo Marx."

Lynne Tillman, author, American Genius, A Comedy

Author bio: Wayne Koestenbaum is Distinguished Professor of Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author of thirteen books of criticism, poetry, and fiction, including a biography of Andy Warhol, and the acclaimed The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Nonfiction; (336 pp. Comedrama: Print editions only)

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